Backcountry Updates

FOR MORE INFORMATION WINTER OR SUMMER, CALL THE SILVERTON VISITORS CENTER AT 970-387-5654/800-752-4494.

Please note that there is no cell service in the backcountry. Be prepared to travel with food, water and appropriate clothing. Know where you are going and what your limitations are. Check current road information before you go.

FOR INFORMATION ON BACKCOUNTRY REGULATIONS AND MAP OF SUMMER TRAVEL ROUTES, PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW
ALPINE BACKCOUNTRY OHV & JEEP SUMMER TRAVEL ROUTES (please allow time to load)

ATTENTION OHV RIDERS (ATVs, UTVs, AND UNLICENSED MOTORCYCLES):

-APRIL 1, 2014 ELECTION NEWS
VOTERS HAVE PASSED BALLOT MEASURE C TO ALLOW OHVs TO RIDE ON Designated OHV Routes in Silverton (map). PLEASE BE AWARE OF WHAT STREETS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO RIDE ON. ALSO NOTE: GASOLINE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE ON THE DESIGNATED ROUTES, SO COME PREPARED. IF GAS IS NEEDED, THE CAMPGROUND OWNERS AT THE STAGING AREA WILL TAKE RIDERS TO THE GAS STATION, AS THE GAS STATION IS NOT ON THE DESIGNATED ROUTE.

PLAN YOUR TRIP NOW TO RIDE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL BACKCOUNTRY KNOWING THAT YOU CAN: STAY IN OUR RV PARKS/HOTELS/MOTELS, EAT IN OUR RESTAURANTS, VISIT THE HERITAGE MUSEUM, AND SHOP TO YOUR HEART’S DELIGHT. MORE INFORMATION AND TOWN STREET MAP TO FOLLOW. THE EFFECTIVE DATE WAS SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PARKING ON GREENE AND BLAIR STREETS IS DIAGONAL PARKING. UNLESS STAYING IN AN RV PARK, PLEASE USE THE STAGING AREA AT SILVERTON LAKES CAMPGROUND TO UNLOAD YOUR OHVs.

BACKCOUNTRY ROADS 

There are still lots of wildflowers in bloom. Fall colors are beginning to present.

Scroll down for more Summer Road information.

MOOSE SIGHTINGS
Moose are increasingly being seen in the Silverton area. Due to recent encounters with humans (fortunately with no harm done), caution is advised. Take your photos from a distance. For more information, go to
Living with wildlife in moose country.
Post your moose photos at Facebook/Silverton-Moose-Watch

The Silverton Public Lands Center is open from June 1 to September 16 in 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to Tuesday, closed Wednesday) 1468 Greene St. in Silverton. Offering maps, interpretive and educational materials.
For more information, call 970-387-5530 in Silverton and 970-247-4874 in Durango.

If you plan on camping on either Forest Service or BLM land, please see information, which includes time limits, in the links below:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sanjuan/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=42728&actid=34  - Make sure to click on “Expand Text” under first paragraph.
http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2010/revised_camping_and.html

SUMMER ROAD INFORMATION

SPECIAL NOTES ON ROADS

POUGHKEEPSIE GULCH REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL VEHICLE EQUIPMENT. BLACK BEAR PASS IS ONE-WAY ONLY PAST INGRAM FALLS, AND OHVs MUST BE STAGED BEFORE COMING INTO TELLURIDE.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LACKAWANNA VEHICLE-ACCESS FROM SILVERTON IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN REMOVED.
 
-THERE IS A NEW STAGING AREA AT SILVERTON LAKES CAMPGROUND OFF CR 2 JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN’S TRANSFER STATION (DUMP) AS YOU RIDE IN FROM HOWARDSVILLE.
-CR 2 TO CR 110 (AND VICE VERSA) CAN NOW BE ACCESSED VIA THE TRUCK BYPASS (BELOW THE CEMETERY). THE TURNOFF IS AN IMMEDIATE RIGHT PAST THE STAGING AREA SIGN. FROM THE STAGING AREA THIS ROUTE WILL TAKE YOU TO GLADSTONE, HURRICANE PASS AND CALIFORNIA PASS. RIDING IN FROM GLADSTONE THERE IS SIGNAGE DIRECTING YOU TO THE STAGING AREA.
-COLORADO STICKERS MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR ATV/OHV. THIS IS REQUIRED EVEN IF YOUR OHV IS REGISTERED IN ANOTHER STATE. STICKERS CAN BE PURCHASED IN SILVERTON. AN ATV/OHV BROCHURE IS AVAILABLE AT THE VISITORS CENTER AT THE SOUTH END OF TOWN AS YOU ENTER SILVERTON BY VEHICLE OTHER THAN YOUR ATV/OHV.
-PROOF OF INSURANCE IS ALSO REQUIRED FOR YOUR ATV/OHV.
-FOR ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 970-387-5654 OR STOP BY THE VISITORS CENTER.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON ATV/OHV MAP LINK BELOW
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What is the difference between 4WD and 2WD?

Hinsdale County information

For up-to-date information about fall-color viewing in the San Juan National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan and click on “Fall Color Report”under “Quick Links.

WINTER

With approximately 200 inches of snowfall per year in town (with lots more in the high country), the Silverton area and San Juan County make the perfect setting for any winter activity. There is an array of recreational opportunities just waiting for you and your family/friends. (Caution is always advised in the areas where you recreate due to avalanche conditions.) The snow-covered San Juan Mountains around Silverton provide an enchanting setting for various outdoor winter activities including alpine, extreme, heli, snow-cat and cross-country skiing; snowshoeing; ice fishing; natural ice climbing; ice skating; sledding; and snowmobiling. The Silverton Snowmobile Club grooms many miles of multi-use trails with easy access from town on US Highway 550 and throughout the town and county. Grooming will include the area around Molas Lake for the 2013-2014 winter season. Guided tours are available for snowmobiling, extreme and snow-cat skiing. Come to Silverton and enjoy some of the best snow in the country!

TRAIL SNOW GROOMING UPDATES – March 27, 2014
There is still some fair cross country sliding on the lower section of the town trail.
Deer Park – grooming next week
Many thanks to Bill Alsup!

The county crew has begun plowing roads.

Click here on Winter Recreation for information on winter businesses, including ski areas, snowmobile tours, and equipment rental availability.

Silverton Mountainhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1m9OZ_wJmw

Venture Snowboards:
www.youtube.com/embed/4n0cglwnDWk?rel=0
“The Secret Sauce” http://youtu.be/QgVYn8klK40
“Your Venture Starts Here” http://youtu.be/5XpcsdXAiVU

For Silverton Avalanche School courses, go to www.avyschool.com.